Download e-book for kindle: Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism by Henrik Bogdan,Martin P. Starr

By Henrik Bogdan,Martin P. Starr

ISBN-10: 0199863075

ISBN-13: 9780199863075

ISBN-10: 0199863091

ISBN-13: 9780199863099

This quantity is the 1st accomplished exam of 1 of the 20th century's such a lot detailed iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was once a learn in contradictions. Born right into a fundamentalist Christian family members and informed at Cambridge, he used to be vilified as a traitor, drug addict, and debaucher, but respected as possibly the main influential philosopher in modern esotericism. relocating past the impression of latest psychology and the modernist realizing of the occult, Crowley declared himself the revelator of a brand new age of individualism. Crowley's occult bricolage, Magick, used to be an eclectic mix of religious routines drawn from Western eu magical ceremonies and Indic assets for meditation and yoga. This trip of self-liberation culminated in harnessing sexual energy as a mystical self-discipline, a "sacrilization of the self" as practiced in Crowley's combined masonic workforce, the Ordo Templi Orientis. the faith Crowley created, Thelema, legitimated his position as a charismatic revelator and usher in of a brand new age of freedom. Aleister Crowley's lasting effect will be obvious within the counter-culture circulation of the overdue Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies and in lots of types of replacement spirituality and pop culture. The essays during this quantity supply the most important perception into Crowley's foundational position within the examine of Western esotericism, new non secular pursuits, and sexuality.

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